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Counted out by their own coach six weeks ago, the Washington Redskins and Robert Griffin III are on the brink of their first division title in 13 years.
Griffin threw a pair of touchdown passes in his first game back from a knee injury, Kai Forbath set the NFL record for consecutive field goals to begin a career, and the Redskins held on to beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-20 on Sunday for their sixth consecutive win.
Nick Foles drove the Eagles to the Washington 5 before his intentional grounding penalty ended the game.
The Redskins (9-6) can clinch the NFC East with a victory over Dallas at home next Sunday. They haven’t won it since 1999 and last reached the playoffs in 2007.
Trying to play spoiler, the Eagles (4-11) fell short in what could’ve been Andy Reid’s last game coaching the team at home. Reid unlikely is to return to Philadelphia for his 15th season next year.
Saints 34, Cowboys 31, OT
ARLINGTON, Texas – Garrett Hartley kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime, and New Orleans damaged Dallas’ playoff hopes.
Drew Brees threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns and led a drive to the winning kick.
The Cowboys lost despite rallying for two touchdowns in the final 3 minutes, 35 seconds of regulation. Tony Romo, who threw for 416 yards and four scores, hit Miles Austin for the tying touchdown with 15 seconds left in regulation.
The playoff hopes for the Saints (7-8) ended with Minnesota’s win against Houston.
The Cowboys (8-7) lost control of their playoff fate.
Colts 20, Chiefs 13
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards to break the single-season rookie record, and his touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne late in the fourth quarter put Indianapolis in the playoffs.
Luck marched Indy to the Chiefs’ 7, then found Wayne in the back of the end zone on third-and-goal for the go-ahead score.
It was the seventh time Luck has rallied his team to victory in the fourth quarter.
Bengals 13, Steelers 10
PITTSBURGH – Josh Brown kicked a 43-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining to put Cincinnati in the playoffs and eliminate Pittsburgh from postseason contention.
Andy Dalton completed 24 of 41 for 278 yards and two interceptions for the Bengals (9-6), who snapped a five-game losing streak to Pittsburgh (7-8).
Vikings 23, Texans 6
HOUSTON – Adrian Peterson rushed for 86 yards, falling far short of the 2,000-yard mark, yet helping Minnesota keep its playoff hopes alive.
Christian Ponder threw a touchdown pass, Toby Gerhart added a score, and Blair Walsh kicked three field goals.
The loss kept the Texans (12-3) from clinching home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.
Packers 55, Titans 7
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aaron Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Ryan Grant scored twice, and Randall Cobb set a single-season franchise record for net yardage.
The Packers (11-4) moved up to the No. 2 seed with Seattle’s victory over San Francisco. Green Bay will finish the regular season next Sunday at Minnesota, and a victory would give the Packers a first-round bye.
Patriots 23, Jaguars 16
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tom Brady overcame a rough start by throwing two touchdown passes for playoff-bound New England (11-4).
Jacksonville (2-13) lost for the 11th time in the last 12 games and set a franchise record for losses in a season.
Chargers 27, Jets 17
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining the quarterback’s first NFL start, and Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes for the Chargers (6-9).
Panthers 17, Raiders 6
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score as Carolina (6-9) won for the fourth time in its last five games.
Newton accounted for 231 of his team’s 271 yards.
Rams 28, Buccaneers 13
TAMPA, Fla. – Sam Bradford tossed a pair of touchdown passes, and rookie cornerback Janoris Jenkins scored his fourth touchdown of the season.
The Rams (7-7-1) intercepted Josh Freeman four times, turning three of the turnovers into touchdowns, including Jenkins’ pick and 41-yard return early in the second quarter.
Steven Jackson rushed for 81 yards and one touchdown, moving within 10 yards of reaching 1,000 for the eighth consecutive season for the Rams.
Dolphins 24, Bills 10
MIAMI – Reggie Bush caught two touchdown passes and scored on a short run for Miami.
Six minutes after they won, the Dolphins (7-8) were eliminated from playoff contention when Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh.
Ravens 33, Giants 14
BALTIMORE – Joe Flacco threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns as Baltimore won the AFC North.
The Ravens (10-5) led 24-7 at halftime and cruised to the finish behind a short-handed defense that harassed quarterback Eli Manning and limited New York (8-7) to 186 yards.
The defending Super Bowl champion Giants (8-7) can’t win the NFC East but still have a chance to make the playoffs as a wild card.
Bears 28, Cardinals 13
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Chicago’s defense scored two touchdowns to keep the Bears’ playoff hopes alive.
Charles Tillman returned an interception 10 yards for a score, the third pick he’s brought back for a touchdown this season and the eighth overall by Chicago, one shy of the NFL record. Zack Bowman returned a fumble 1 yard for another Bears score.
Brandon Marshall caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown, breaking the Bears’ franchise record for receiving yards in a season in the process.
Chicago (9-6) snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the second time in seven tries. The Cardinals (5-10) lost for the 10th time in 11 games.
Seahawks 42, 49ers 13
SEATTLE – Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to move into second place for touchdown passes by a rookie, Marshawn Lynch scored twice, and led by their rocking crowd, Seattle clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs with a rout of San Francisco.
Wilson threw touchdowns to Lynch, Anthony McCoy and two in the second half to Doug Baldwin to give him 25 for the season, one shy of Peyton Manning’s record of 26.
Lynch added 111 yards rushing, and Richard Sherman returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown and added an interception for Seattle (10-5).
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